South Florida customer returns to store with a rifle because of high cigarette prices

A shopper from Lauderhill, South Florida was arrested for taking a rifle with on a trip to a convenience store. 

The man, later identified as Robert Miller, allegedly took the rifle to the store over a dispute with the store owner over the price of cigarettes. 

The 60-year-old shopper left without injuring anyone, but shoppers were nevertheless surprised and shocked by the incident. 

Source: 6ABC

Source: 6ABC

According to the police report, Miller previously complained about two packets of Pall Mall cigarettes costing $11. 

He was one dollar short and was so upset about the dollar difference that he calmly returned to the store with the rifle. 

Miller was arrested outside the convenience store a short while later, still in possession of the assault rifle, which had 25 live rounds. 

Source: 6ABC

Source: 6ABC

He appeared in court on Friday and faced charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. The prosecutor said: 

"I am extremely concerned that because Mr. Miller thought that the clerk was messing with him about the price of cigarettes, he decided it would be prudent to go and obtain a long rifle."

Source: 6ABC

Source: 6ABC

Miller was released on a $25,000 bond and issued with a GPS ankle monitor; a was ordered to stay away from the store. 

In a similar incident, a man was arrested in Madison after acting hostile towards customers at an East Side restaurant on Wednesday. 

Source: 6ABC

Source: 6ABC

The 36-year-old patron was charged with disorderly conduct, trespassing and obstructing a street after he was rude to both staff and other customers. 

Both these cases ended without any lives lost, but it could have so quickly turned into a tragedy, and the effects of a shooting remain with the victims and their families for years. 

Earlier this year, survivors from the Tree of Life shooting in Squirrel Hill spoke out about the day a shooter walked into the synagogue with a loaded weapon. 

Eleven people lost their lives when the shooter, Robert Bowers, opened fire on the churchgoers. Follow our Twitter account, @amomama_usa, for more.